Summit Student Conferences: Our Family’s Experience

Images courtesy of Jennifer Flanders

Although we’ve never sent any of our kids to a summer session at that location, my daughter Rebekah did staff in Georgia last summer and sent home lots of pictures of the beautiful views she enjoyed and the good friends she made there.

Summit Student Conference Friends
Images courtesy of Jennifer Flanders

What’s the best way to get to Summit?

If you live fairly close to campus, you may choose to drive your student to Summit (or let them drive themselves). Otherwise, you can fly them in with full confidence they will be well cared for upon their arrival. Summit staffers will meet them at the airport and deliver them to campus via a big yellow school bus.

At Dallas Love Field Airport
Images courtesy of Jennifer Flanders

With the exception of Rebekah, who drove herself to Summit while staffing last summer, all our kids have flown. My Daniel was a little nervous about this part of the trip and asked that I tag along, which I did. (That’s how I got all these great pictures of the Manitou Springs campus.)

Whether you drive or fly, Summit encourages parents to come out and take a look around. They even stage a graduation ceremony on the final night of conference which lots of students’ families attend.

Thankfully, whatever reservations my son felt flying to Colorado had worked themselves out when it came time to fly home. Again, Summit staffers were up bright and early to ensure students made it to the airport in plenty of time for early-morning departures. See how much more confident and relaxed my son looks below while waiting for his return flight? No white knuckles that time around!

Is Summit Student Conference worth the investment?

For our kids, the answer is a resounding yes. It has been gratifying to watch the boldness and poise with which they’ve tackled challenging topics after attending Summit. I love seeing them use the skills gained during those two wonderful weeks to draw unbelievers into deep discussions about what they believe and why, and how it differs from the Christian worldview our family espouses.

Jennifer Flanders
Jennifer Flanders
Jennifer Flanders is a homeschooling mother of 12 and grandmother to 20. She and her husband of 35 years live in the piney woods of East Texas, where she shares lots of homeschooling tips and free printable resources at An award-winning author, she also blogs on faith and family at

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